How Early Can Kids Start Learning a New Language?
At ReDefiners, we believe that intercultural education is the backbone of today’s globalized society and that all children, regardless of background are capable and deserving of language learning opportunities. Learning new languages can impact brain development, enhance native language abilities, and even boost test scores and in-class success!
When children are introduced to language and cultural experiences at an early age, they will be better prepared to live as empathic global citizens in our intercultural world. How early can they start on that path to future success?
Language Impacts Development
Students who start language classes at an early age develop real communication skills in critical needs languages – a skill which also encourages development in other areas of learning. At ReDefiners World Languages, we use a naturalist approach to teaching which includes:
Small class sizes
A focus on communicating multilingually, rather than memorizing words
A student-centered approach to teaching
We care about creating an inclusive environment and introducing students to new languages. Our team of volunteers and our local donors truly make a difference for youth and future global citizens. Ready to make a positive impact on kids in our community? Learn how you can help redefine these young futures.
When should kids start learning another language?
While all students (and adults for that matter) can learn and develop language skills, there is a “critical period” for language acquisition, this is when your brain is most primed to learn. New research studies show that to achieve the fluency level of a native speaker, ideally children should start to learn a new language by the age of 11!
While children continue to learn quickly past the age of 11, it may become harder to be fluent without an accent in the new language. Post-puberty our aptitude for second language acquisition and mastery gradually declines. Scientists believe that children have a smaller time frame before their learning abilities begin to decline around 17 years of age, compared to those who try to pick up the same skills before age 11.
It’s easier to master foreign languages as a child. Our team of committed teachers help young students to excel in a new language. We know once you’ve learned one foreign language, it becomes easier to learn others. So, if you want your children to be fluent in a foreign language, starting as young as possible makes it easier. Our non-profit is here to make learning accessible to all. Learn more about our impact on the community and how you can sign up for a class!
Benefits of Intercultural Education
A popular Chinese proverb says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” Even though these kids don’t have 20 years of life to look back on yet, we’re teaching them the value of action and lifelong learning from a young age. These are invaluable for their futures.
Our world is becoming more global and being multilingual is becoming a necessity. We believe intercultural education is becoming more and more important in creating authentic relationships and promoting a more peaceful society. When children are introduced to language and cultural experiences at an early age, they will be better prepared to live as global citizens in our intercultural world.
Building Brighter Futures
A brighter future begins with ReDefiners World Languages! Are you interested in having your child become a part of our early language education program? We welcome kids of all ages and are currently offering live virtual learning opportunities. After-school and summer camps are usually available yet, are postponed due to COVID19 concerns.
For more information on our Youth General Language Courses or to see how you can help, please contact ReDefiners World Languages in Tampa at 813-530-2313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.